Owner Assem Allam’s application to change the name of Hull City to Hull Tigers has been rejected, the Football Association has announced.
Allam’s plans were met with mutiny and protest over the issue which has overshadowed Hull’s season.
Those against the change were boosted three weeks ago when the FA’s membership committee said it would give a “unanimous recommendation” for the plan to be rejected.
A recent survey of season ticket holders fell on the side of Allam, with 2,565 backing him compared to 2,517 going against him. 9,159 fans did not vote. But 63.5 per cent of the FA council voted against the name change.
The saga has rumbled on in the background of Hull’s successful season which this weekend takes in an FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield United at Wembley.
A statement on hullcitytigers.com read: “Our focus is on supporting the team ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final, our first in over 80 years.”
Ian Waterson of City Til We Die said: “We’re delighted that the FA have agreed with the fans and the vast majority of people who were against this name change. We feel privileged that the FA chose to give the fans a platform to be listened to. We were pleased they decided history and heritage were vitally important.
“We hope, as City Till We Die have said all along, we would respect the FA process and the decision and we hope the club has the good grace to do likewise. Quite what course of action he’ll take because he can’t change the name is a question for the owner.”
Hull defender Curtis Davies insists he and his team-mates have remained out of the politics.“It doesn’t affect the players,” he said.
There are no grounds for appealing the FA council’s decision, but a further application could be made in 12 months’ time.